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Ubuntu & Wordpress: setting wildcard domain?

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Hi,

I'm a Linux noob ...

So I've managed to install Wordpress on my new Ubuntu server but now I want to activate the WP Network option. In order to do this I need to set a domain wildcard for my Ubuntu server

This page (http://codex.wordpress.org/Migrating_Multiple_Blogs_into_WordPress_3.0_Multisite) tells me to do this:

Create a wildcard subdomain. This should be as easy as going into cPanel and creating a subdomain named *.

But I don't have cPanel ... I'm working on a local server.

So how would I do this (I'm connected to my Ubuntu server via PuTTY)? Step by step please, as I don't know much about the Linux CLI ...

Thank you very much!

Jerome
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Having some vague understanding of cPanel, I expect the translation for you would be to set up a NameVirtualHost for your Apache.  Once you have a NameVirtualHost with corresponding VirtualHost tag, you can add a ServerAlias to the VirtualHost tag which accepts the wild card domain.

Command-line via PuTTY without much experience... I'm hoping you've settled on using a text editor you are comfortable with as you'll need to dip into text files to change them.  I'm also going to assume you have some base knowledge of directory navigation (ls & cd command particularly).

First, get a feel for your Apache 2 configuration folder and its layout (almost everything you do in for apache2 configuration will need to be done as root - get used to "sudo" before everything or use "sudo su" to run the terminal as root).  Base directory is /etc/apache2 and the main configuration file is apache2.conf.  Open that up & check at the bottom of the file - there should be (standard Ubuntu install) the directive "Include /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/".  If so, then you should find a pair of directories under the apache2 folder - sites-available and sites-enabled.  The idea behind the layout is you create all your sites in the sites-available folder and then create a symbolic link (symlink) to the configuration in the sites-enabled folder.

Check your sites-available folder & you should find a "default" file.  Open that up & check what is inside - I don't have a default anymore & it has been a long time since I did so I can't remember the content, sorry.  Anyway, you're likely to change it all. :)  In there you should find a NameVirtualHost at the top and a <VirtualHost *> tag underneath.  Inside the <VirtualHost *> tag you should find the name of your domain next to the ServerName directive.  Add a line underneath there with the ServerAlias directory and the wildcard you need.  So, for example, if the wildcard you need is *.mydomain.com use:

ServerAlias *.mydomain.com

Save the change.  Check in the sites-enabled folder and confirm the symlink is there for default (it should be if still base install).  Check your configuration is acceptable to Apache 2:

apache2ctl configtest

If that returns "Syntax OK" then you can ask Apache 2 to restart with the new config:

apache2ctl restart

Suggested further reading:
Apache Virtual Hosts documentation: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/vhosts/
Apache NameVirtualHost directive: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/core.html#namevirtualhost
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"Add a line underneath there with the ServerAlias directory"
should have been
"Add a line underneath there with the ServerAlias directive"
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Thanks a lot for this precise answer!
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No problem - glad to help. :)
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